EATING YOGURT associated with LOWER CARDIOVASCULAR RISK
A New Study shows Benefits for Both Men and Women.
A new study in the American Journal of Hypertension, published by Oxford University Press, suggests that higher yogurt intake is associated with lower cardiovascular disease risk among hypertensive men and women.
High blood pressure affects about one billion people worldwide but may also be a major cause of cardiovascular health problems.
Higher dairy consumption has been associated with beneficial effects on cardiovascular disease-related factors like as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and insulin resistance.
In the new research, participants included over 55,000 women (ages 30-55) with high blood pressure from the Nurses' Health Study, and 18,000 men (ages 40-75) who participated in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study.
Higher intakes of yogurt (participants consuming more than two servings a week) were associated with a 30 percent reduction in risk of myocardial infarction among the Nurses' Health Study women... and a 19 percent reduction in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study men.
Higher yogurt intake in combination with an overall heart-healthy diet was associated with greater reductions in cardiovascular disease risk among hypertensive men and women.
Justin R Buendia, Yanping Li, Frank B Hu, Howard J Cabral, M Loring Bradlee, Paula A Quatromoni, Martha R Singer, Gary C Curhan, Lynn L Moore. Regular Yogurt Intake and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Among Hypertensive Adults. American Journal of Hypertension, 2018; DOI: 10.1093/ajh/hpx220, and www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180215141722.htm... See moreSee less
Physiotherapy Helping Children's Brains as well as their Bodies
Physical activity in children has been linked to improved scholastic performance, following two separate studies conducted to analyse the impact of exercise in children and youth.
The Copenhagen Consensus Statement and the Active Brains study, both confirm that time taken away from study in favour of physical activity does not negative impact academic results.
In fact, the studies suggest that increased physical activity will actually improve academic prowess in children.
The results do not come as a surprise to Dr Genevieve Dwyer, senior lecturer at Western Sydney University and member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.
“Active play - be it unstructured games, or organised sports - requires not just neuro-motor coordination of movement but planning, strategizing, creatively responding to environmental as well as social cues, not to mention the social interaction.”
Dr Dwyer said this important research comes at a time when parents are increasingly focused on academic achievement and the messages relating to the importance of physical activity are starting to lose some impact.
“The pattern has been increasingly emerging for children to be enrolled in extra-curricular academic coaching and often this has been at the expense of engaging in unstructured physical activity.
“Therefore it makes sense that interventions which facilitate increased physical activity and fitness, and in turn an increased ability to concentrate, may well explain the higher academic achievements noted – one might think of it as being ‘fit to learn’.”